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Doha (QAT) AGU Office, December 12, 2016: The IOC Olympic Solidarity had allocated Gymnastics (MAG) Level I Coaches Course to FIG recognized Pakistan Gymnastics Federation.  The course was organized by Pakistan Olympic Association in collaboration with Pakistan Gymnastics Federation which started on 02 December, 2016 at Government Islamia College, Civil Lines Lahore. In this Course 25 Pakistani Coaches participated (from Four Provinces, Army, WAPDA, Railways, Police and HEC) with Mr. Mazin Al-Mustafa from Qatar as the Expert to impart high level Gymnastics training and coaching to Pakistani Coaches.
The Certificate Distribution Ceremony/Closing Ceremony took place on Sunday the 11th December, 2016 in the Olympic House, 2-Hameed Nizami (Temple) Road Lahore. Ch. Muhammad Yaqoob, Vice President POA/ Chairman, Pakistan Volleyball Federation graced this occasion as Chief Guest and distributed the Certificates to the qualified coaches.
Mr. Painda A Malik, Council Member, International Gymnastics Federation /Executive Member, Asian Gymnastics Federation/ Executive Member, POA, thanked the Pakistan Olympic Association especially Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan HI(M) for allocating this Course to PGF.

AGU Office: JAKARTA (INA): November 28, 2016: The technical manager of Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU), Anis Saoud provide training day for the Executive Board of the Gymnastics Association of Indonesia (Persani) about the organization of the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in 2018.
"All must be prepared from human resources, the training and the race, the number of volunteers needed, until things technical to wear the type of light what does not disturb the view athletes," said Anis Saoud in the Building PT Alita Mitra Praya Tanjung Barat, Jakarta , today (27/11).
Ita Yuliati, Gymnastics Competition Manager 2018 Asian Games said Anis Saoud arrival to Jakarta is indeed on its own initiative to provide a complete picture of what it must be prepared both in terms of human resources, match up the necessary equipment and other technical problems.
"Implementation of the Asian Games was the equivalent of an Olympic Games activity, so we have to get information and a full understanding as soon as possible so that it can make budget planning and preparation," said Ita Yuliati.
Meanwhile Anis reminded to challenge media fields, among others also educate the journalists to understand the type of match and assessment in the field of gymnastics.
"Not that gymnastics is not a global sport but it is complicated and assessment system has not been popular in the community. If soccer in addition to easily calculate the score, the world community also often watching a football game on television, "added Anis.
Challenges ahead Persani have to educate the public through national media so that they also understand that while covering the gymnastics they can follow the match well. For example, photographers cannot use a flash that distract the athletes.
The press should also understand how assessment takes place after the game because they would write in the medium of each so as to provide complete information to the world community because in this digital era of the country reports can be accessed from various parts of the world.
"Later in the 2018 Asian Games we need a Mixed Zone which should be placed by the committee to meet the athletes after receiving a medal with the reporters who had been waiting to interview him," added Anis.
Mixed Zone is important because each participant country has a team of journalists from the country of origin in the respective foreign and mixed zone that is still up in the arena they can meet with athletes from the country that does not have language difficulties.
He suggested Persani make the Forum Group Discussion (FGD) for both internal organization and to communicate regularly with the press a year before the big event on the Asian Games and regularly explained through a press release that also is ready to make its coverage.
In the sport of gymnastics, Persani and the government should think about the selection of equipment for the Asian Games and after use it only a few days, the equipment should then be stored, treated for use the next 10 years, for example.
"Just talking about storage just have a lot of rules that must be followed so that the laying of the tools does not make the item be damaged so that's why long preparation had to be done.
By Hilda Ansariah Sabri

AGU Office, Incheon (KOR): October 1, 2016: The General Assembly meeting held in Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea on September 27, 2016.
Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shathri, AGU President opened the meeting with a welcomed message of the attendees and wishes them a nice stay in Incheon – Korea. In addition, he appreciates the invitation of Korea Gymnastics Association to this Congress and he takes the opportunity to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude, especially to the President of the Association Mr. Chan Kun HAN, and the Secretary General Mr. SOH Jeongho, and of course, all the people associate to this federation for their valuable cooperation with AGU.
Then the Vice-President of Korea Gymnastics Association and President of Incheon Gymnastics Association Mr. Wangjun LEE welcome the delegates present in Songdo, Incheon.

The meeting starts with a memorial for Mr. Saif Abu Edel: the FIG EC Member, a President of the Arab Gymnastics Union and the President of Kuwait Gymnastics Federation

The meeting took these principal decisions:

1- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved Formation of the Voting office:

Member   Lee Hosik                 EAST ASIAN Zone
Member   Cynthia Norton         South east zone
Member   Mohammad Makki     EST ASIAN Zone

2- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the agenda of the meeting

3- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the minutes of the last General Assembly Meeting held in Doha – QAT on December 8, 2014.

4- Following the situation of the South East Asian Gymnastics Zone which is the following:
- We received a resignation from Mr. Jiradej Worapainkul on September 21st, 2015
- We received a minutes from the SEAGZONE of the Executive Committee Meeting dates August 29, 2015 held in Kuala Lumpur informing us that the EC of the SEAGZONE took the following decisions:
• Nominate Mr. KAU Git Kaur as President of the Zone and AGU Vice-President.
• Nomination of the technical committee members.

The problem is that the statutes of the South East Asian Zone is not approved by AGU yet because they did not update it according to our last version 2013. So this situation became against our statutes– For that - we wrote a letter to the federations belong to the zone to explain how to do with such situation, and the AGU EC approved unanimously: 

- According to the official resignation of Mr. Jiradej Worapainkul, we ask the SEAGZONE Federations to nominate a candidate to the Vice-President who will be automatically President of the SEAGZONE (according to AGU Statutes 2013). The vote will be done during the Congress today just after all the reports.
- Then - SEAGZONE will have a General Assembly to decide about the board members and update their statutes, that must follow the AGU Statutes according to the Article 56: Approval of Statutes of Zones.
- Also - Review the Technical Committee Members according to the election made in AGU congress 2014.

• I want to thaks the federations belong to the SEAGZONE for their understanding. And we received 2 candidates for the President of the zone:
- From MAS: Mr. KAU Git Kaur
- From THA: Mr. Srayuth PATANASAK
* The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved to make election during the General Assembly and Mr. Srayuth PATANASAK decide to withdraw from this position.
- The new Vice-President of the AGU is Mr. KAU Git Kaur from Malaysia who will act as President of the SEAGZONE.
5- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2015.
6- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2016 which contain the AGU development project according to the following:
- The program and the Budget of the AGU Development Project 2016 approved by the FIG, the budget contains all the expenses of the project (accommodation, meals, expenses for the expert including the flight ticket and the per diem, also the local transportation and an amount to help and encourage the participants to come.
- FIG Approved the following program with a total of 265.000 USD
- The program contains 4 FIG academies: for MAG – WAG – RG and TRA in QAT and PHI which give good opportunity for our coaches to have a FIG Academy Diplomas. 
- One training course for MAG in HKG and one training course for WAG in JOR – one training camp for AER in Thailand and one training camp for Gymnastics for All in Jordan.
- The Scientific Symposium will be confirmed later and should be organized parallel with a training camp.
7- Allocation of the AGU Events 2016 – 2019:
• Since we did not found organizer for the ART Senior Asian Championships in 2016, we prefer to organize in 2017 – Junior and Senior ART Asian Championships (it can be in the same country or in different country). To keep our Juniors competing because there no many junior’s events.
• We have a request from Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation to organize RG Asian Championships in 2017
• Also a request from Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation to organize ACRO Asian Championships in 2017
• Also we have a request from Mongolia Gymnastics Federation to organize an AER Asian Championships in 2017.
• In 2018: We have to find organizers for at least ART – RG and TRA events because it will be qualifying events for the Youth OG 2018.
• In additional we will have the Asian Games in Indonesia 18/8 – 2/9/2018.
• And finally the AGU Congress 2018 which should be elective to renew our authorities – for that we have a request from Qatar Gymnastics Federation to host again the Congress 2018.
- For your information, The Dates for our events was selected according to the proposal of the FIG to elaborate an annual calendar for gymnastics for whole the word, in additional the continent championships will be qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games and also for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved the calendar of AGU events and request to coordinate with the Organizing Committee to finalize the place and dates as soon as possible.
8- The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved to Send a reminder to the Olympic Council of Asia Regarding our pervious request to add Aerobic and RG group events to the next Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.

9–  The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved a suggestion to send official request for FIG to create a support plan for AGU countries who will host future Asian championships, since these event will be qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 and Olympic Games 2020.

10- in the Honorary Awards and Distinctions the president of the AGU propose the following:
AGU Choose this time a gymnast – She is a world and Olympic level gymnast who has competed for the Soviet Union, Germany and Uzbekistan. Her career as an elite gymnast has spanned more than a quarter century. She began competing at the international level in 1989 / She is the only female gymnast ever to compete in seven Olympic Games, and is one of only two female gymnasts to compete at the Olympics under three different national teams / She has also competed in 10 World Championships, three Asian Games and three Goodwill Games. She holds the record for the most individual world championships medals on a single event (nine, on the vault): Oksana Chusovitina.
The General Assembly (GA) has unanimously approved his proposal.

11- AGU President open the second session with the following:
2016 is a turning point for the FIG since the 81th Congress Meeting in Tokyo gives the opportunity to the FIG to renew its authorities. With the departure of the estimated Prof. Grandi, FIG will be introduced to a new kind of politics and the new upcoming president should affect all of us.
Today we will introduce you all our candidates to the FIG congress to memorize them very well because they will represent Asia in the first stage, and we have to help them because our aim is to retain the spirit “Together we are stronger” – their success is our success too.
So - we now face new challenges and responsibilities. We must build on our success and keep the AGU moving forward as partner with FIG and alongside our friends and colleagues in other continents.
Then, he presents all the Asian candidates to the next 81th Congress Meeting in Tokyo. Starting with Mr. Watanabe Morinari – candidate to the FIG President who speaks about his Quadrennial Plan (2017 - 2020 cycle), then Dr. LUO Chaoyi – candidate to the FIG Vice-President and then all te EC, council members to all the candidates to the technical committees.

Finally, Mr. Al-Shathri welcomes the President of the FIG - Prof. Bruno GRANDI with “We appreciate a lot the cooperation and the support that Prof. Grandi done for Asia, It is the reality not because he is here, I want to thanks him too much / Mr. Bruno has the opportunity to come in our meeting to have a speech, then we can have a discussion”

Followed by a presentation of Mrs. Nellie KIM – FIG WAG Technical Committee President which showing the performance of the WAG Asian Gymnasts during last world championships and Olympic Games 2016.

The meeting close with a nice photo of all the delegates present.


Doha (QAT), AGU Office: November 21, 2016: The FIG TRAMPOLINE ACADEMY LEVEL 1 was hosted by the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines  from November 7 to 16 2016.
15 participating coaches from HongKong, Indonesia, India Iran, Pakistan and the Philippines attend the academy.
This course was conducted by three experts from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). The course was headed by Dr. Keith Russel from Canada Mr. John Beer from Great Britain and Mr. Xiaogang Wang from New Zealand.
This academy was sponsored by the Asian Gymnastics Union in conjunction with FIG.
This course was held at the Orchid Garden Hotel as well as the National Training Center for Gymnastics at the Rizal Memorial Sports complex, Manila
We had a very successful academy.
Our sincere thanks to the Asian Gymnastics Union and to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG for sponsoring this academy. The two coaches from India had the two highest scores with Coach Deepak Kabra topping the course with 97% , one of the highest scores recorded for these academies.

AGU Office, Incheon (KOR): October 1, 2016: The Executive Committee meeting held in Songdo, Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea on September 26, 2016.
After the opening of the meeting by Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shathri, AGU President with a welcomed message of the attendees and wishes them a nice stay in Incheon – Korea. The meeting took these principal decisions:

1- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the formation of the Voting office:

Member  Lee Hosik                 EAST ASIAN Zone
Member  Cynthia Norton         South east zone
Member  Mohammad Makki    WEST ASIAN Zone

2- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2015 which will be presented for approval at the General Assembly next day on September 27, 2016.
3- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved the yearly Budget 2016 which will be presented for approval at the General Assembly next day on September 27, 2016.
4- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved to Send a reminder to the Olympic Council of Asia Regarding our pervious request to add Aerobic and RG group events to the next Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.

5- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved a suggestion to send official request for FIG to create a support plan for AGU countries who will host future Asian championships, since these event will be qualifying events for the Youth Olympic Games 2018 and Olympic Games 2020.

6- The Executive Committee (EC) has unanimously approved to submit a proposal for Mr. Bruno Grandi as following:

- Continents to nominate Technical Committee Members for each committee (Europe 2, Asia 2, Africa 1, PAGU 1, Oceania 1). The Member/members of each continent to be selected during the continent congress which to to be held prior the FIG election congress.

- The Continental Union must elect the member/members and submit to the FIG in its General assembly no later than 1 month before FIG congress. The FIG Congress to select the Technical committee presidents among the elected members.

- Then the FIG Congress will select one president for each technical committee among the nominated elected members provided by the continental unions.


Doha (QAT), AGU Office November 15, 2016: From September 29 to October 5, the Philippines Gymnastics Federation hosted a Level 3 Academy in the capital city of Manila. It was the eighth Academy hosted by the Philippines, the 40th worldwide for Rhythmic Gymnastics and the 246th overall.
Nineteen coaches participated from seven FIG member federations – Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia. Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Participation in this Academy was subsidised by the FIG Development Fund for the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU) but only for the member federations of AGU.
Five FIG experts taught the practical and theory lectures and all were among the most successful and renowned persons in their fields. Three renowned experts taught all of the technical lectures. One was Nadya Alexandrova of Great Britain (2nd from right) who has been national coach for that country and for Bulgaria and is a member of the Academy Working Group for Rhythmic Gymnastics. Another was Dr. Marta Bobo (left) of Spain who is a renowned Rhythmic Gymnastics judge, coach and researcher and a frequent Academy expert. They were joined by music specialist Lasse Nettum (2nd from left) of Norway who presented several music lectures and helped coordinate the apparatus and body element work in each lecture with an understanding of music. The course leader was Dr. Keith Russell (right) of Canada who is the President of the FIG Scientific Commission and a frequent Academy expert for all disciplines. He taught most of the theory lectures. He was joined by Shayne Hanks (centre) of Australia who taught the psychology lectures.
None of the nineteen participating coaches met the stringent special eligibility requirements for the FIG Coaching Brevet and the required 85% on the combined theory and practical examinations.
The majority of participants had very good examination results on the two part theory and practical examination. The highest mark of 88% was achieved by Yin Wah (Carolyn) Au Yong of Malaysia. She was followed by Whynn Reroma of the Philippines and Cherrie Kwek of Singapore.
Once again we thank President Cynthia Carrion for her willingness to host another Academy in an excellent facility and with many demonstrator gymnasts and a wonderful support staff. Special thanks to Secretary General Bettina Pou who, as always, did all of the preliminary organisational work and assured all needs were met during the Academy.
The Academy programme continues with a Trampoline Academy that has already begun and is also hosted by the Philippines. Overlapping with this Academy was the 4th International Gymnastics Congress hosted by Portugal that included separate presentations and workshops for the three disciplines – Men’s (MAG) and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG), Rhythmic – of the FIG Age Group Development and Competition Programmes. The FIG coach education and Academy Programmes will remain busy right until Christmas. Another seminar for the MAG & WAG age group programmes will be hosted in Peru for the FIG member federations of South America. The working groups for the Trampoline and Rhythmic age group programmes will meet this month at the FIG Headquarters in Lausanne to prepare updated editions of those programmes. Qatar will host a Level 3 Academy for MAG & WAG and Australia will host a triple Academy for Aerobic-, Trampoline-, and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
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Doha (QAT) AGU Office, September 30, 2016: The Yellow Sea port city of Qingdao, China, was decked out with flags for the 2016 Asian Gymnaestrada, a five day Gymnastics for All festival that enlivened the metropolis from September 20-24.
More than 10,000 gymnasts from seven federations – Australia, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Malaysia – came together for the fifth edition of the Asian Gymnaestrada. In addition to an outdoor opening ceremony attended by all participants, the programme featured traditional group performances, a rich and diverse Gymnastics gala, yoga activities and an Aerobic Dance competition.
“During the opening ceremony, all gymnasts performed together and it created a friendly start to the event,” said Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist, President of the FIG Gymnastics for All Committee, which oversees the World Gymnaestrada. “The gala was a very special experience, both for the performing gymnasts as for the 12,000 people in the audience. With high quality sound and light, we enjoyed a fantastic show with selected Gymnastics and Dance groups and World champions from Aerobic and Acrobatic Gymnastics. As at the opening ceremony, the gala ended with everyone dancing together.”
Gymnastics for All is on the rise in China, with clubs focused on gymnastics for fun and fitness springing up in several cities. Qingdao, the first Chinese city to host an Asian Gymnaestrada, hopes to host more Gymnastics for All events in the future and increase the number of federations who attend, Sikkens Ahlquist said.
“We saw some very interesting performances and really hope that we in the future will see some of these groups performing at the World Gym for Life Challenge in Norway in 2017 or at the World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, Austria in 2019,” she added.
The opportunities and challenges of developing Gymnastics was the main topic of a summit forum held during the event. Presenters included Sikkens Ahlquist, Dr. Luo Chaoyi, President of the Chinese Gymnastics Federation, Araki Tatsuo, President of the Asian Gymnastics Union’s Gymnastics for All Committee, Qingdao organiser Zhang Ying and Wang You Ping.



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